The death toll for the 7.8 earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria Monday continues to rise.
Officials say nearly 20,000 people have died, including a family from Queens.
Many local organizations are raising money to help out, such as the Turkish Cultural Center of Long Island, which also has branches in the five boroughs.
Sadri Altinok, president of the center, joined Errol Louis on “Inside City Hall” Thursday to discuss more.
According to Altinok, the situation is “much worse than what’s shown on television.”
“This is the largest earthquake ever [to] happen to Turkey,” he said, adding that there are still people trying to get a hold of loved ones.
Altinok said for New Yorkers to help, money is the best option because sending over food or clothes will take a long time to get there.
“What they’re saying is much easier if they have the money, they will be able to buy it from the nearby cities,” he said, adding that roads and major airports are currently not available.
For more information and to donate, visit https://www.embracerelief.org/donation/tcc-new-york-relief-project-for-southern-turkey-earthquake-victims